How to start out at sessions
I am new to the scene (at 62) inspired to play Irish folk trad music after an extended trip around Ireland in a motorhome. I am learning the melodium but can already play the whistles at an average level I’d say. I also have a good ear and can pick up quickly and improvise.
Maybe my question is more along the lines of understanding the unwritten rules of sessions.
I had understood them generally to be open as in - anyone can join in. Having read some of the threads on here I can appreciate how frustrating it can be if it is interruptive to the flow of the regulars and when you have a new comer you don’t know how that’ll be.
What happened to me was - I was in a pub with a C whistle I’d just bought in my bag when a session started. I told one person of the gathering group that I was a whistler with a C whistle on me. He didn’t tell the rest of the group and I wasn’t welcomed. They churned out a preset repertoire. They had no wind players. I couldn’t understand why I wasn’t given a chance. Should I have been more pushy?
How do new comers join in? Do we have to call up people first and practise privately with them? I was on holiday there.
Aren’t they interested in casual passing players? I would have thought giving me a chance for one number in the key of C would have been friendly. What do you think?
What is the protocol please and how did you get started? I would like to join a regular session on my return to my UK home city and I want to get it right.